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Need recommendations on a new laptop

Whats good these days? Id like to keep it 750 bucks or under

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What will you use it for?
Gaming, surfing the net, tuning, photos

Keep in mind that if you can wait it out there will be black Friday/cyber Monday sales

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What will you use it for?
Gaming, surfing the net, tuning, photos

Keep in mind that if you can wait it out there will be black Friday/cyber Monday sales
A little bit of everything but gaming

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ok first decision is Apple or windows.

Myself, I go with windows because the OS is a common platform for tuners and web surfing.

purely personal opinion, my top list are:
  • HP
  • SONY
  • Samsung
  • Dell

I have used Acer and Asus to only find that they are not long lasting PCs, more like a throw away in a year kind of deal.

HP is my work horse, I use my elitebook for at least 14 hours a day.
My dell is for the kids and wifey to surf on and its been a great comp.

The key things to look for IMO are:
  • Battery life - will you be traveling with it or will it stay plugged in
  • Size and weight - again will you be carrying it around
  • screen size - bigger isnt always better, esp when it comes to battery life
  • storage and memory - if you save a lot of pics, this is important
  • ports - do you need HDMI?
  • warranty - extended warranties and in store replacements are nice

One other thing to consider is a tablet, they are pretty good now a days.

Hope this helps you think through your decision.

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All those things listed above are good things to keep in mind. I second those manufacturers except sub in lenovo for dell. Thinkpads are amazing little machines and they've come up with quite a few new items recently.

My thinkpad is 14", compact but still big enough to handle.
Battery life is great although it's only a year old
Most new laptops come standard with hdmi ports
i5 processor will do everything you need
4gb ram minimum (which is almost standard now)
I wouldn't worry too much about hd size, the standards are pretty decent sized and you always have external hd option.

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Touche' on the think pad!

I didnt even think about them, but they are great machines.

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I know i'll never buy another dell again, that's for sure.

I must disagree about Acer, their mid to high range lines are good laptops. Their 299-399 laptops are about as good as the rest, it's a crap shoot with any budget laptop from any manufacturer.

I dislike HP and Toshiba, for their recovery process, their bloatware, and their heat management (Toshiba). I dislike dell for their sub-par quality, components and assembly.

Whatever you get, please don't get an AMD laptop.

Whatever you do, I'd wait until Windows 8.1 is released via OEM, and get one of those.

And of course, at your price point, touch screen is an option.

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touch screen in a laptop that can be used a tablet is on my radar for the cyber Monday sales.

I think that would be a neat feature for the kid to play games.

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Depending on what you use it for, I have an HP and an Alienware and both have been awesome so far.
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If you can find an HP Probook for around $750, they are an excellent choice. Excellent for business-level usage, very rigid, and they are all-in-all solid. I love mine.

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